After 12 months of design, documentation, and planning, B.E Architecture is extremely excited for the Church Street Residence to enter the initial stages of construction. What began as the addition of an extension to the family home soon evolved into a masterplan to reactivate the expansive piece of land the residence occupies. Paramount to the client’s brief was the importance of emphasising both the interior and exterior living environments to maximise the use of the underutilised areas of the existing dwelling.
So as not to compete with the stately Victorian home that currently occupies the site, the proposed extension was designed as an outward looking garden pavilion, rather than a typical extension, to showcase the surrounding garden landscape and outdoor amenities.
The new structure, designed as a meandering rectilinear roof plane, not only houses the main living, kitchen, and dining areas, but also extends to create spacious outdoor entertaining areas and courtyards, and take advantage of the newly proposed landscaping and generous recreational pool area.
To complement the stripped back patina on the existing render of the Victorian house, the new pavilion structure will be clad in weathered copper panelling. The crisp, modern appearance of the cladding will lend itself to the new contemporary extension, while the rich organic tones of the copper will imbue a sense of age.
A particularly exciting hallmark of the new design is the dramatic form of the skillion roof, complete with clerestory windows that provide an abundance of light to the main living areas, which embrace also the client’s desire for greater ceiling heights.